The Blues are six weeks away from opening their 2011 training camp, and according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the team plans to open camp without forward David Perron, who is still suffering from postconcussion symptoms.
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong commented on the issue, saying, “David has shown improvement, but it’s not to the point where he’s ready to come in and work out and start training yet.”
Perron’s condition improved dramatically a couple of months ago, but it’s been slow and steady since.
“We’ve decided to just move forward with the idea that David won’t be ready for training camp,” Armstrong said. “He’ll just continue to progress and when he is ready, he’ll jump back in and start his training.”
Perron was injured Nov. 4 when he was blindsided by San Jose’s Joe Thornton, on what many believe was a cheap shot. Perron briefly left the game and returned to score the second goal in the Blues’ 2-0 win. Thornton was hit with a two-game suspension, or a slap on the wrist by the NHL.
Initially, Perron said he was OK, but his symptoms worsened the next day when the team traveled to Boston. Consequently, he didn’t play for the rest of the season, missing the remaining 72 games.
Perron, 23, who broke into the NHL at the age of 18, recorded 53 goals and 131 points in 235 games. After signing off on a two-year, $4.3 million contract extension last summer, Perron scored just five goals and tallied two assists in 10 games before suffering a concussion.
Despite the lingering symptoms, the Blues are confident that Perron will resume his NHL career.